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Intel Snags AMD’s Chief Architect To Head New Computing Group

Intel hired a leading executive from rival AMD on Wednesday and established a new group to develop “integrated graphics for the PC market with high-end discrete graphics solutions for a broad range of computing segments.” While Intel’s microprocessors have long dominated the PC and server markets, computer companies are increasingly ... Read More »

Thin, Light and Powerful: The 10 Best Ultrabooks of 2017

If you’re a power user who cares more about how long your battery lasts than how many frames per second you can play games at, you’ve come to the right place: the home of the best Ultrabooks around. Modest in size, but exceptional in style and performance, these machines are ... Read More »

Hope for Aging Blindness To Be Reversed by a Virus

Blindness is often seen as a disability, and many people don’t expect that they’ll develop blindness one day. However, there is a condition known as Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or aging blindness that can strike many elderly patients unsuspectingly. AMD is also known as wet AMD and has affected up ... Read More »

In Brief: New Enterprise Hardware Roundup

In hardware news over the past week, we saw Intel answer AMD’s Ryzen architecture strides with its new Coffee Lake line of desktop CPU cores, while Lenovo is paying homage to the past with its special anniversary edition ThinkPad 25 laptop. Meanwhile, Google has unveiled a high-performance Chromebook known as ... Read More »

AMD Taking Pre-Orders for Ryzen Processor, Says It Beats Intel

AMD announced today that its new Ryzen 7 lineup of processors will launch March 2 with pre-orders starting today, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. ET. The big deal about this launch, according to AMD, is that benchmark figures show AMD's new eight-core processors seem to either match or outperform the best chips competitor Intel has to offer, and, for a fraction of the price.

For example, AMD cited results showing the Ryzen 7 1700X outperformed a similarly configured eight-core, 16-thread Intel Core i7-6900K in the respected Maxon Cinebench benchmark. The benchmark measured R15 multi-threaded and Handbrake-based video transcoding, as well as 4K gaming performance. Impressively, the 1700X costs only $399, while the Intel i7-6900K will run you $1,089.

That means, for the first time in more than a decade, AMD might be able to give Intel a real run for its money.

Back in the Saddle

If so, it will be about time. AMD was once a viable competitor to Intel's CPU business, with a reputation for providing comparable performance at a much lower price point. But the company has struggled since the late nineties, as Intel's manufacturing techniques have allowed it to produce ever higher-quality chips.

AMD launched an aggressive effort to change all that about four years ago with its Zen line of processors.

"Four years ago we began development of our 'Zen' processor core with the goal to deliver unprecedented generational performance gains and return choice and innovation to the high-performance computing market," said Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD. "On March 2, enthusiasts and gamers around the world will experience 'Zen' in action, as we launch our Ryzen 7 family of processors and reinvigorate the desktop computing market."

While AMD's prices will be well below what Intel charges, the company says it is not looking to... Read More »